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Film, "Only Lovers Left Alive": As Close to What We Imagine a Doc About Tilda Swinton's Life Can Get

"Only Lovers Left Alive": As Close to What We Imagine a Doc About Tilda Swinton's Life Can Get

What a concept: vampire movie, as done by Jim Jarmusch. By turns groovy and morose, Only Lovers Left Alive could so easily be a goof, but for Jarmusch, aging now into an indie-film immortal, it's opportune — a mellow tract…
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Calendar, Night&Day Pioneer of Parody

Pioneer of Parody

Encountering sideshow freaks at a Long Island county fair as a child inspired Charles Ludlam’s fascination with the grotesque. Later in life, he took his love of the abhorrent, mashed it up with camp and sexual ambiguity, and wrote nearly…
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Culture, Stage Faust in limbo: Great script, middling execution

Faust in limbo: Great script, middling execution

Nothing freaks out artists more than the prospect of losing their souls. That's probably why the story of Faust has inspired such a huge amount of output from so many poets and composers and playwrights over hundreds of years: At…
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Culture, Stage Failed Experiment

Failed Experiment

At first, you think it's a joke. Actors gotten up like faintly old-fashioned people at an expensive party strut the stage uttering stilted, improbable lines. "Go then, be thou my emissary," says the philosopher, Faustus, to his wife, who urges…
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Culture, Stage Hot Iron

Hot Iron

Edward II, like Lorca, died in a political morass with a dangerous weapon aimed up his rectum, in homage to his preference for men. Christopher Marlowe retold this story powerfully in Edward II -- hot iron and all -- in…
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